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Ex-Taipei mayor vows not to run for presidency if elected KMT chair

2017/01/08 14:23:07

Hau Lung-bin (left)

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), who was Taipei mayor from 2006 to 2014, has pledged that if he is elected chairman of the party he will not seek to run for president of the country or any other position.

Hau posted the comment on his Facebook page Sunday, after announcing the previous day that he intended to run for the chairmanship of the KMT on May 20.

The party leader should lead the fight for "the KMT's survival," instead of having everyone fight for "his or her next position," Hau wrote.

"Only by promising not to use the chairmanship as a springboard to the next position can a leader be trusted to be selfless within the party," he said.

Hau, 64, the son of former Premier and 4-star Army General Hau Pei-tsun (郝柏村), announced Saturday that he was planning to seek the KMT chairmanship when the party holds its leadership election on May 20.

With the party on a downhill course, and the public dissatisfied with the current situation, "it is better to get up and act rather than sit and wait," he said during the announcement on Saturday.

The KMT, the founding party of the Republic of China, has been at a low ebb since it lost both the presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 16 last year and no longer has a majority in the Legislature.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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